thrush treatment?

July 14th, 2011 by Emily

Question: thrush treatment?
what is the best treatment you have used for thrush?
my horse is in a very clean and dry area, whether he is in the stall or pasture. the farrier stated it was just a tiny bit on one hoof.

please from now on, no inmature answers!

Best answer:

Answer by SureKat
You have to keep the hoof dry,but first clean it well with Betadine Solution or soak it in Epson Salt water. Then dry and make sure you keep it dry if there is bleeding place cotton in the hoof and wrap it with vet wrap. Just keep it clean and dry. All the best;^)

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17 Comments on “thrush treatment?”

  1. Pinto Stallions says:

    A product called THRUSHBUSTER made for Mustad. It contains formalin, gentian violet and a few other things. Only needs 1 or 2 treatments depending on whether your paddocks are wet or dry.

  2. clarinetking28 says:

    They say prevention is worth a pound of cure, so daily hoof picking and a clean stall are important. If you can pick out your stalls in addition to the morning muck out you will go a long way to keeping thrush away (as well as flies). Lots of clean dry bedding helps as well. Some horses are more prone to thrush than others and sometimes stall habits or feet that have contracted heels where the frog is high and there are deep crevices between the frog and the sole are inviting to thrush. It is important that your blacksmith trims out the thrush when he shoes your horse. One of the cheapest and best methods of killing thrush is clorax diluted with water . Pick out the foot well and carefully pour this mixture on to the thrushy areas as you cup the hoof in your hand being careful not toget the bleach solution on the horses heels. Dry the hoof but leave open as air is important You can often pack the thrushy crevices with cotton soaked in betadine solution gently working the cotton into the crevice with your hoof pick. You can leave this cotton in place allowing the medication to work and keeping fecal matter from getting back in the crevise. Be careful when blood is spotted as it can be a sign of trouble want things to heal from the inside out so no abcess forms. It is always wise to consult a vet or blacksmith when blood is visable in the hoof. Soaking in epsom salts and thoroughly drying the hoof and then packing with “animalintex ” with or without additional medication can be warrented here. Secure the packed hoof with vetrap or elasticon being careful not to bind the coronary band to snugly. You can always cut a small ” v” in the wrap near the coronary band to ease the tightness of the wrap. If you place silver duct tape on the bottom of the bandage and around the toe the bandage should stay on securely even overnight without your horse walking through the bottom of the vetrap or elasticon. The most important thing here is the the hoof is DRY and CLEAN before you seal off air to the area with the bandage. Otherwise you are creating a breeding ground for germs as opposed to an antiseptic environment

    PS In response to a later poster the animalintex was suggested for use in a situation where there might be visable blood which could be resulting from or a precursor to infection. It is an extremely effective but safe drawing agent (the active ingredient is boric acid) and I have personally seen it used in hoof resections that were performed to treat infected quarter cracks as well as for resections due to white line disease. As I stated above I believe it is important to consult a vet or blacksmith with regard to visable blood in a hoof. You can bet your bottom dollar if my horse ever stepped on a nail I’d have my vet or blacksmith pare away at that opening to reduce the risk of the outside closing over before the inside is healed and I’d be packing it with animalintex combined with a sulfer drug as well as have my horse on a round of antibiotics

  3. Sarah C says:

    Clean the area and spray diluted bleach on the affected area. The colt starting ranch I work on uses this method to treat all the horses (english pleasure to roping horses)

  4. Heather K says:

    i’ve used a product called Thrush Buster, it has worked every time!

  5. Faerie loue says:

    Remove the horse from filthy wet soggy stall! Or move to a pasture area that is not boggy causing thrush and cracked heel, grease heel. Once out of the bad habitat’ pare down frog and necrotic tissue on heel, scrape clean inside hoof around frog, put pine tar on and check each day. If needed, put pine tar on and a plastic pad nailed on hoof. Boots generally rub and cause more problems. A dry and clean habitat is the answer. Muck out the stall!

  6. Dixie says:

    Straight Bleach in a spray bottle. Pick the hoof then brush it clean with a stiff brush. Do not clean the hoof with water as this has a tendency to keep moisture in the hoof. Thrush thrives on moisture. Keep the hoof and stall dry and spray bleach on the hoof. Hold the hoof up after spraying the bleach to give the bleach time to absorb. Your horse may jerk a little as this may sting. A couple of days of this and you should be good to go. If the thrush is really bad you can purchase an acid from your vet. Only use this in extreme cases. PS. I have poured bleach straight from the bottle. I have a gelding who always gets thrush. His stall is dry it is a 20 X 30 Stall with access to pasture 24/7 and the pasture is is well drained and it is green with planted hay…I know what you are going through. I only need to treat my horse for minor thrush a couple of times a year.

  7. Gone Krayzee says:

    The best product I have ever used for thrush was also the cheapest.. lol. Thrush Buster works every time and it only costs around $10 US (30+ treatments). It can be bought at any equine store.

  8. annabanana242 says:

    I use Absorbine Hoof Remedy or its something along those lines, I also use Mane & Tail Thrush treatment. The reason for these two is that it does not stain, it absorbs the scent and kills bacteria and fungus on contact. They are both oily and can seep into the crevices very well. I use it to cure white line disease as well. Thrush Buster works very well but I find it to be very expensive seeing as each bottle doesn’t stretch very far and it leaves stains all over that may not come off for days.

    You can make a home remedy of sugar-dine. No more than 1% iodine (drug store) and table sugar, mix together until a paste, apply daily for a week. It ceases the anerobic activity of the bacteria, ask Cherry Hill! Do no use bleach, I’ve asked my farriers about this, they all agree – it does kill the nasty stuff but it will also kill the good healthy tissue, and especially never ever straight bleach. Same goes for acid.

    Best of luck

  9. lkffakyh98lehcoijjgpitjtphuitykl says:

    Iodine. It’s cheap and quick.
    I’ve used coppertox, and it works great – but I don’t like the green stain it leaves on anything it touches.

  10. imaknightangel says:

    I usually brush on some Coppertox or Iodine wherever the thrush is. To me, Coppertox works better and is a little cheaper than other thrush medications-just don’t get it on you (it stains)!

    Good luck, and try not to worry-thrush usually isn’t a serious condition.

  11. jimafreak says:

    I would try Kopertox. My barn has used it for years, and a case as small as yours, should clear up in a few days. I would also put hoof moisturizer on the hoof wall, and the whole underside of the foot. It will help protect the sole from being infected again.

  12. puzzlepuss says:

    hi do not use animallintex as this has strong drawing power and must be used with care. I also have a horse which suffers from thrush and is on dry pasture and a clean stable. I find that if you pick out the hoof scrub with stiff brush using hibi scrub solution then syringe hydro peroxide into frog area. do this daily and thrush will disappear. then use this every couple of days as a preventative. Good luck

  13. bob says:

    i use apple cider vinegar. works great!!!

  14. Debi says:

    Scrub it twice a day with hibiscrub solution. ( recommended by my farrier when we took in an old mare)

  15. emily says:

    he most likely had a slightly overgrown frog that trapped a little wet material in the sulcas, the groove by the frog. As long as the frog was trimmed back a little so matter can fall free his foot will dry up and heal by itself.
    While the strong chemicals such as bleach and other remedies work they may be a bit strong for his case and cause too much drying. Since air and oxygen kill the bacteria that cause thrush I would make sure nothing gets caught in the foot and wipe in hydrogen peroxide or iodine twice a day until it is dry and the strong scent is gone.

  16. ...x says:

    I use half and half, hydrogen peroxide and water solution. It is cheap and easy to make. I put it in a little spray bottle and spray the frogs whenever they look to be getting thrush. I also use it once a week when the weather is wet as a preventative measure.
    If you can, ask your farrier to trim away the worst affected areas to enable you to treat the problem more easily…

  17. Horse Freak says:

    the best thrush treatments are over the counter stuff such as Thrush Buster (which is an alarming purple!!) and Absorbine Thrush Remedy. Bleach works but will dry out the hoof, spray Lysol can also work too.

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